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Teaching & Mentoring

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Teaching & Mentoring Experience

Dr Polina Zioga has experience in high quality teaching across a range of programmes at University Under- and Post-graduate Taught and Research level, including supervising final year projects, dissertations, MPhil and Ph.D. students, in the areas of Interactive and Digital Media, Media and Film Production, Experimental Cinema, Augmented Reality and Games, while providing academic counselling and personal tutoring. She has worked as Lecturer (Grade 8 - equivalent to Assistant Professor) in Interactive Media at the University of Stirling, as Lecturer at Staffordshire University and the University of Huddersfield, while she has also taught at the Glasgow School of Art.

Driven by her interdisciplinary background and experience in academic as well as industry settings, Zioga’s approach to teaching and supervision aims to bridge theory and practice through research. As evidence of her sustained record of effectiveness in relation to teaching and learning, as well as her impact and influence through leadership and mentorship of other staff, she has achieved the status of Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, in recognition of attainment against the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF).

She helps students identify their areas of interest, discover their seeds of originality and become independent thinkers and practitioners by equipping them with a range of transferable skills that promote graduate employability. Her students have won awards in national and international competitions including the Royal Television Society Midlands Student Awards (UK), Wildlife Vaasa International Nature Film Festival (Finland), and the European Meeting of Youth Audiovisual Creation (Greece).

Ph.D. and MPhil/MRes supervision is available in the following, but not limited to, areas:
- Interactive Film and Media
- Expanded and Live Cinema
- Brain-Computer Interfaces (BCIs)
- Neurocinematics

2017-today Founding Director. Interactive Filmmaking Lab.

2020-2023 Lecturer (Grade 8 - equivalent to Assistant Professor) in Interactive Media. University of Stirling, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Division of Communications, Media and Culture.

2017-2020 Lecturer (Grade 7) in Media/Film Production. Staffordshire University, School of Computing and Digital Technologies, Department of Film, Media and Journalism.

2016-2017 Lecturer (Grade 7) in Graphic Design and Animation. University of Huddersfield, School of Art, Design and Architecture, Department of Art and Communication.

2016 Graduate Teaching Assistant. Glasgow School of Art, Digital Design Studio.

2011-2012 Visual Arts & Animation Teacher, Hellenic Republic, Ministry of Education, Lifelong Learning & Religious Affairs. Governmental project "Support of Schools with a Unified Revised Curriculum". Athens, Greece.

2010-2011 Visual Arts & Animation Teacher, Hellenic Republic, Ministry of Education, Lifelong Learning & Religious Affairs. "Education and Lifelong Learning" operational programme, co-funded by Greece and the European Union. Athens, Greece.

Invited Lectures & Talks
2022. 'Digital Art and Neurosciences'. [Talk]. The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies, Contemporary Space Athens, 20 May 2022.

2019. 'From Neurocinematics to Live Brain-Computer Cinema: Audience Research, Co-Authorship and Film Form'. [Talk]. ECREA Film Studies Section conference ‘Research Methods in Film Studies: Challenges and Opportunities’. Ghent, Belgium, 18-19 October 2019.

2018 'Multi-Brain BCI Interaction for Live Cinema: Performer and Audience Participation, Cognition and Emotional Engagement'. [Talk]. University of Nottingham, Mixed Reality Lab, 15 June 2018.

2016 'Art, Science and The Brain: A Personal Perspective'. [Lecture]. Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Exchange Talks Programme, Fyfe Lecture Theatre, 7 November 2016.

2016 'Is It Art or Is It Science? A Journey Inside the Brain'. [Lecture]. Glasgow School of Art, BA (Hons) Interaction Design, Barnes Building Lecture Theatre, 23 February 2016.

2015 'Real-Time Passive Multi-Brain Interaction in 'Enheduanna – A Manifesto of Falling' Live Brain-Computer Cinema Performance'. [Talk]. University of Glasgow, School of Psychology, Perception Action Cognition Lab, 13 November 2015.

2015 'A Hypothesis of Brain-to-Brain Coupling in Interactive New Media Art and Games Using Brain-Computer Interfaces'. [Talk]. Joint Conference on Serious Games 2015, University of Huddersfield, UK.

2014 'A Wireless Future: performance art, interaction and the brain-computer interfaces'. [Talk]. INTER-FACE: International Conference on Live Interfaces 2014, University of Lisbon, Portugal.

2014 'The use of brain-computer interfaces and application development in real-time audio-visual performances'. [Talk]. Glasgow School of Art, Digital Design Studio, 10 April 2014.

2010 'Five visuals artists discuss about the use of new media in art: Eleni Dimitropoulou, Dimitra Ermeidou, Athina Robie, Eftichia Tzanetoulakou, Polina Zioga'. [Talk]. “Art-Act” art space, Athens, Greece.

2009 'Polina Zioga in open discussion with G. Kazazis, professor of the Athens School of Fine Arts'. [Talk]. “Art-Act” art space, Athens, Greece.